Fresh air is good for you: walks near Bicester
Top walks in the area
Rousham, built in 1635, and its landscaped garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of the 18th century gardener William Kent.
Don't miss the walled garden with its herbacious borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. Rousham is uncommercial and unspoilt with no tea-room and no shop. Bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and it is yours for the day.
|Boarstall Duck Decoy
Set in a tree-fringed lake, the 17th century Boarstall Duck Decoy is located between Bicester and Thame. Owned by the National Trust, it is one of four surviving decoys in the country. Regular demonstrations are made and there is also a woodland nature trail.
|Stoke Lyne to Bainton
A very pleasant walk with no climbs, this route takes in three villages on bridleways, footpaths and single-track roads in wonderful rural countryside.
Flat farmland and pockets of woodland are the main scenes, though you will also encounter a pheasant breeding area and a sizeable field of pigs.
|Fringford Historic Trail
If you have been recently glued to the television set watching the adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford you may be interested in following in the footsteps of the author by walking the Fringford Historic Trail. Flora Thompson based the fictitious Lark Rise on her birthplace, Juniper Hill and Candleford Green on the village of Fringford where she worked in the local post office. Starting at The Butchers Arms, the one and a quarter mile trail includes an array of cottages, Fringford Manor and Ghost Alley.
|A Godington-Chetwode circle
Head to Godington which is a hamlet north-east of Bicester just past Stratton Audley. Go the end of the road and park by the church. Follow the footpath signs and you walk over the disused railway with wildlife all around. The route takes you to Chetwode, so turn left when you hit a road, go for half a mile and then turn left through the stile which takes you back to your start. Very peaceful.